Missing in Action (1984)

R | 101 mins | Adventure | 16 November 1984

Director:

Joseph Zito

Cinematographer:

Joao Fernandes

Editor:

Joel Goodman

Production Designer:

Ladi Wilheim

Production Company:

Cannon Films
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HISTORY

According to an 8 Jun 1984 DV production chart, principal photography was scheduled to begin 11 Jun 1984 in Manila, the Philippines, under the working title, Battle Rage. A 22 Aug 1984 Var reported that filming was completed after eight weeks in production. An 18 Oct 1984 Cannon Films press release confirmed that shooting took place entirely in the Philippines.
       The film was released 16 Nov 1984 under the title Missing in Action.
       A prequel, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (see entry) was released in 1985. A third film, Braddock: Missing in Action III (see entry), was also produced in 1988. As noted in Var news items from 6 Mar 1985 and 5 Oct 1988, Missing in Action was originally intended to be released as the second film in the series and was shot a few months after Missing in Action 2: The Beginning.
       According to a 27 Nov 1984 Cannon Films press release and the Feb 1985 Box review, the opening weekend gross on 1,150 screens was $6.1 million. After ten days in release, the picture had taken in over $14 million. A 4 Mar 1985 DV review noted that the year-end gross was approximately $22 million.
       As announced in a 6 Mar 2009 HR article, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Studios and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were developing a remake of Missing in Action for home video, written by Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio. Andrew Stevens was named as a producer. No further information about the project ... More Less

According to an 8 Jun 1984 DV production chart, principal photography was scheduled to begin 11 Jun 1984 in Manila, the Philippines, under the working title, Battle Rage. A 22 Aug 1984 Var reported that filming was completed after eight weeks in production. An 18 Oct 1984 Cannon Films press release confirmed that shooting took place entirely in the Philippines.
       The film was released 16 Nov 1984 under the title Missing in Action.
       A prequel, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (see entry) was released in 1985. A third film, Braddock: Missing in Action III (see entry), was also produced in 1988. As noted in Var news items from 6 Mar 1985 and 5 Oct 1988, Missing in Action was originally intended to be released as the second film in the series and was shot a few months after Missing in Action 2: The Beginning.
       According to a 27 Nov 1984 Cannon Films press release and the Feb 1985 Box review, the opening weekend gross on 1,150 screens was $6.1 million. After ten days in release, the picture had taken in over $14 million. A 4 Mar 1985 DV review noted that the year-end gross was approximately $22 million.
       As announced in a 6 Mar 2009 HR article, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Studios and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were developing a remake of Missing in Action for home video, written by Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio. Andrew Stevens was named as a producer. No further information about the project was available, as of Mar 2016.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Feb 1985.
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Daily Variety
8 Jun 1984.
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Daily Variety
4 Mar 1985
p. 3, 26.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 1984
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 2009
p. 4, 20.
Los Angeles Times
19 Nov 1984
p. 2.
New York Times
17 Nov 1984
p. 11.
Variety
22 Aug 1984.
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Variety
21 Nov 1984
p. 16.
Variety
6 Mar 1985.
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Variety
5 Oct 1988.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Cannon Group, Inc. presents
In a Golan-Globus Production
A Joseph Zito Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Co-assoc prod, Philippines crew
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Still photog
Cam op, Philippines crew
Cam op, Philippines crew
Cam asst, Philippines crew
Chief elec, Philippines crew
Asst chief elec, Philippines crew
Head grip, Philippines crew
Asst grip, Philippines crew
Dolly op, Philippines crew
Arriflex cams supplied by
Hollywood, California
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir, Philippines crew
Asst art dir, Philippines crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Post prod supv
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dec, Philippines crew
Asst set dec, Philippines crew
Prop master, Philippines crew
Chief armorer, Philippines crew
Construction mgr, Philippines crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst ward
Asst ward
Asst ward
Ward master, Philippines crew
Ward asst, Philippines crew
Tailor, Philippines crew
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus rec by
Electronic mus eff performed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd man, Philippines crew
Cable man, Philippines crew
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Dial ed
Dial asst
Dial asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff, Philippines crew
Asst spec eff, Philippines crew
Titles and opticals
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod supv, Philippines crew
Philippines coord, Philippines crew
Casting, Philippines crew
Prod coord, Philippines crew
Asst prod coord, Philippines crew
Loc mgr, Philippines crew
Asst loc mgr, Philippines crew
Transportation mgr, Philippines crew
Pub coord
National pub representatives
Prod equip and facilities supplied by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt double
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Asst stunt coord, Philippines crew
Asst stunt coord, Philippines crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
[Col by]
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Arthur Silver & Larry Levinson & Steve Bing
SONGS
"Tibetan Jam," written by Chris "The Glove" Taylor, Rap by Ice-T, produced by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
"Reckless," written by Chris "The Glove" Taylor, Rap by Ice-T, produced by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
"Living On The Edge," music and lyrics by Larry Lee and Shandi, performed by Shandi, produced by Larry Lee for Swan Productions
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SONGS
"Tibetan Jam," written by Chris "The Glove" Taylor, Rap by Ice-T, produced by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
"Reckless," written by Chris "The Glove" Taylor, Rap by Ice-T, produced by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
"Living On The Edge," music and lyrics by Larry Lee and Shandi, performed by Shandi, produced by Larry Lee for Swan Productions
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," performed by Juliet Lee, written by Carmine Appice and Rod Stewart
"What I Like About You," performed by the Romantics, written by Merinos, Palmar, Skill, courtesy of Nemperor Records, produced by Peter Solley for Spider Entertainment.
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PERFORMERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Battle Rage
Release Date:
16 November 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 November 1984
Production Date:
11 June--early-August 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Cannon Productions, N. V.
Copyright Date:
23 January 1985
Copyright Number:
PA248444
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
101
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27591
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Awaking from a nightmare, retired Colonel James Braddock is preoccupied with memories of his experiences during the Vietnam War. After being captured, he was imprisoned in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war (POW) camp and remained in enemy hands even after the conflict ended. The U.S. government classified him as MIA (Missing in Action), until he was able to escape after seven years and return home to the United States. Believing MIA soldiers are still held captive in communist Vietnam, Braddock crusades on their behalf, but is unable to provide any evidence for his claims. At the request of the U.S. government, he returns to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City in the communist People’s Republic of Vietnam, to participate on an investigative committee about the missing soldiers. Upon arrival, he recognizes Colonel Vinh, the ruthless North Vietnamese officer who tortured Braddock at the POW camp. General Tran leads the talks on behalf of his communist government, and presents false evidence that “heroic” Braddock actually committed war crimes, claiming the North Vietnamese imprisoned the American not as a POW, but as a “common criminal.” Braddock sneaks into Tran’s compound that night to confront the general about the location of the missing American soldiers. As Braddock points a knife at his throat, Tran mentions a camp in North Vietnam, eight kilometers from the coast. Braddock fatally stabs the general when Tran tries to shoot him. After evading Vietnamese officers in pursuit, Braddock journeys to Bangkok, Thailand, to enlist the help of a former army comrade named “Tuck,” who now smuggles contraband along the Southeast Asia coast. After ... +


Awaking from a nightmare, retired Colonel James Braddock is preoccupied with memories of his experiences during the Vietnam War. After being captured, he was imprisoned in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war (POW) camp and remained in enemy hands even after the conflict ended. The U.S. government classified him as MIA (Missing in Action), until he was able to escape after seven years and return home to the United States. Believing MIA soldiers are still held captive in communist Vietnam, Braddock crusades on their behalf, but is unable to provide any evidence for his claims. At the request of the U.S. government, he returns to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City in the communist People’s Republic of Vietnam, to participate on an investigative committee about the missing soldiers. Upon arrival, he recognizes Colonel Vinh, the ruthless North Vietnamese officer who tortured Braddock at the POW camp. General Tran leads the talks on behalf of his communist government, and presents false evidence that “heroic” Braddock actually committed war crimes, claiming the North Vietnamese imprisoned the American not as a POW, but as a “common criminal.” Braddock sneaks into Tran’s compound that night to confront the general about the location of the missing American soldiers. As Braddock points a knife at his throat, Tran mentions a camp in North Vietnam, eight kilometers from the coast. Braddock fatally stabs the general when Tran tries to shoot him. After evading Vietnamese officers in pursuit, Braddock journeys to Bangkok, Thailand, to enlist the help of a former army comrade named “Tuck,” who now smuggles contraband along the Southeast Asia coast. After convincing Tuck to take him by boat to rescue MIA soldiers, Braddock buys weapons, a bullet-proof assault raft, and the services of a backup helicopter. Meanwhile, Colonel Vinh attempts to assassinate Braddock in Bangkok, but the American fights off his attackers, and quickly leaves for the mission with Tuck. Although Vinh follows Tuck’s boat and slips on board at night wielding an axe, Braddock gains the upper hand and kills his former captor. Anchoring off the Vietnam coast, Braddock and Tuck disembark from the boat and navigate a river inland on the armored raft. Braddock leaves Tuck with the raft while he infiltrates the covert POW jungle camp. Taking control of the camp after igniting a series of explosions, Braddock learns the American prisoners were taken away three hours earlier and are being transferred by truck along a riverfront road. Braddock and Tuck intercept the enemy convoy and rescue four prisoners, but fighting continues as they confiscate a Jeep and make their way back toward the coast. As Braddock and the other Americans reach Tuck’s boat, a Vietnamese patrol boat appears. At the same time, Braddock’s backup helicopter arrives. Tuck fends off the patrol boat long enough for Braddock and the POWs to climb safely into the hovering helicopter. Braddock looks down at Tuck’s burning boat and sees that his friend was killed in the fight. Back in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese officials issue final statements to the U.S. investigative committee, concluding that there are no living American MIAs in Vietnam. Suddenly, Braddock barges into the conference room with the four rescued soldiers, exposing the Vietnamese treachery. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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